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2010 National Youth Science Camp®
Delegate Press Release 2010

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Caroline Stokes

Caroline Stokes



High School:
AR School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts

College Plans: Emory University
Major: Economics & Mathematics
Professional Plans: Law
Interests: Crocheting, Hiking, Running, Music, Reading, Biking, Yoga

Caroline Stokes, a 2010 graduate of AR School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts from Bryant, Arkansas, was selected to represent Arkansas at the National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC) this summer from June 29 to July 23. Stokes joined 109 other top high school graduates representing the United States as well as students from nine other countries at the prestigious four-week program, now in its 46th year. The camp, located in the beautiful and rustic setting of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.

Each year, eminent scientists from various disciplines travel to the camp to present lectures and directed studies. This year’s lecture topics included: Global Warming, Genomic Medicine, Radio Astronomy, and Energy Sustainability. Throughout camp, a Directed Study series provided extensive “hands-on” experiences in specific fields. According to Stokes, “The outdoor program was the perfect compliment to lecture, directed study, and seminar. Exploring the natural beauty of West Virginia with my fellow campers was a great bonding experience.”  Delegates had the opportunity to dissect a human hand, discuss bioethics, explore forensic science techniques, and search through the DNA sequence of a genetic disease.

In addition to learning about groundbreaking scientific research, delegates also explored their natural surroundings through an extensive outdoor program consisting of hiking, caving, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The delegates may choose from an array of afternoon seminars ranging from Ultimate Frisbee and swing dancing to discussions of philosophy, travel, religion and culture. Regarding these experiences, Stokes said, “While at camp, my interest in genetics has been enhanced. A seminar on epigenetics piqued my curiosity in a new field of biology. I would love to do research in epigenetics and look closer at this new field.” Caroline Stokes is planning to study Economics & Mathematics at Emory University this fall.

Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation make it possible for all delegates to attend NYSC free of charge, including round-trip transportation.

For more information, please contact:
Andrew N. Blackwood, Ed.D.
Executive Director

National Youth Science Foundation
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387
(304) 342-3326 voice
(866) 833-0875 fax

Caroline Stokes

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